EMQ’s With Gnarwhal

EMQ’s With Gnarwhal

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Canadian Fuzz Rock/ Doom/ Progressive Metal band, Gnarwhal. Huge thanks to their Vocalist, Mark Kilbride, for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My Name is Mark Kilbride (Singer). We started during COVID-19 with the intention of just getting together and jamming occasionally. This led to us scoring a private rehearsal room, where we would meet weekly to jam on some cover songs. We quickly steered our way into writing originals. 

How did you come up with your band name?

Gnarwhal was actually a joke band name Jeremy (bass) came up with several years ago, the result of  a group chat with his friends trying to come up with the most “Northern” band name. 

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

We are from Yellowknife, Canada which is a city in the far North (subarctic). The heavy music scene here is starting to build over the last several years. Since the pandemic, it’s still mostly DIY, but new promoters and supportive venues are starting to pop up.

What is your latest release?

We have a brand new EP dropping on May 24th, 2024 called “Altered States”. So far we’ve released two singles off the EP. ‘Tides’ and ‘Altered States’ (title track). 

Who have been your greatest influences?

Chris Cornell, David Gilmour, Dallas Green, Neil Young and the Beach Boys.

What first got you into music?

I was lucky enough to have some cool older siblings who used to show me many great bands. My favourite music memories are listening to tracks my siblings shared with me growing up. I loved being shown Pink Floyd’s green cassette, “The Division Bell”. I thought it was so rad! The track ‘Lost for Words’ brings me right back to 1994, sitting in Cape Traverse PEI, with my brother Jeff. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I would have to say Dave Grohl would be at the top of my list. I read his book recently, and collaborating with him seems like a lot of fun. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wembley would be my dream stage. Seeing Dave Grohl playing there and saying. “Welcome to the best day of my life”. He just knows how wicked his life is and fully appreciates the moment he is in and enjoys every minute. 

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Our band received a Theremin as a gift, I’d have to say that was the weirdest and coolest gift at the same time. 

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thanks for supporting our band and coming out to shows, pretty rad when people dig our music, you feel their energy and it makes the music better as it sets you into the moment. 

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I’d like to have had the opportunity to see Tom Petty play a gig, so I’d say Tom. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the whole process and the opportunity to play with such great musicians. Being able to have those moments when you are all in the pocket and know it. One of the best things about going to a concert when I was younger was having the artists look at one another with huge smiles on their faces. I try to make sure I enjoy these moments live. The studio can be rough at times, but it’s good to put yourself through that pain now and again. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

We’re still fairly new and just starting to get a taste of the industry; hopefully, I will be able to answer this with a bit more experience in the years to come. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Division Bell” by Pink Floyd is one of my favourites. 

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I do love having access to most of the music in the world on my phone and being able to listen any time, anywhere. 

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I really love the Folk on the Rocks festival in our hometown. This has been my favourite gig we have done to date. It has a great vibe, and the crowd was awesome. 

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Likely a teacher or a Counsellor of some sort. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Gary Belliveau, Benji Straker, Jerermy Straker. Layne Rybchinski and my dog Linus. My father-in-law, wicked band mates and my dog, Barbeque and a few beers. That would be a great night. 

What’s next for the band?

We have the EP Release coming up at the end of May and we are playing at Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife in July. We have a few tracks in the pipeline and look forward to seeing how they develop. 

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people? 









Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

I’m going to go with Tea Cake!

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